Italian Holidays

Florence, Siena and the Treasures of Tuscany

FLORENCE, SIENA AND TREASURES OF TUSCANY
8-day Holiday, departs September - October 2014 from £429.00P

Discover Italy's stunning heartland

Enjoy a wonderful chance to relax in a rolling landscape of vineyards and olive groves, clusters of dark cypress trees and ancient hill-top towns. One of Italy's most attractive regions, Tuscany offers a magical blend of unspoiled scenic beauty, history, culture and fine food and wine.

What The Price Includes

  • Return flights from your local airport to Italy
  • A full-day visit to Florence
  • A visit to Siena and San Gimignano
  • Return airport-to-hotel transfers
  • Seven nights' accommodation at your chosen hotel
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Resort Information

The spa-resort of Chianciano Terme, 60 miles from Florence, boasts a wonderful climate. It comprises two settlements - the old hill-town and the modern spa town below it - and offers some excellent shops as well as many small gelaterie, bars, cafes and restaurants.

Itinerary

Day One

Fly to Italy and transfer to Chianciano Terme and your hotel.

Day Two

Spend the day relaxing at the hotel, or explore the surrounding area. Our Tour Manager will be happy to suggest places to visit and things to do.

Day Three

Siena, our destination on today's included excursion, is one of the most perfectly preserved medieval cities in Europe - its centrepiece the shell-shaped piazza where the traditional 'Palio' horse race is held each year. From here, we head to spectacular, hill-top San Gimignano, with its beautiful towers, medieval walls and cathedral.

Day Four

Our first optional excursion offers a wonderful introduction to the Eternal City, Rome. Discover the Vatican, St Peter's Basilica, Michelangelo's sublime Sistine Chapel ceiling, the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. Afterwards, you're free to soak up the atmosphere of the city that gave us "la dolce vita".

Day Five

On our second optional excursion we'll travel to ancient Perugia in neighbouring Umbria. Stroll its famous people-watching street, the Corso Vannucci, and see its cathedral and medieval centre before heading on to Assisi, birthplace of Italy's patron Saint, and home to Umbria's greatest glory - the magnificent Basilica.

Day Six

Revel in the wonders of Florence, Italy's beautiful Renaissance capital, on our first included excursion. See the magnificent Florentine skyline, explore Santa Croce and cross the medieval Ponte Vecchio. For art lovers, the Accademia houses Michelangelo's peerless statue of David, and the Uffizi, Botticelli's exquisite 'Birth of Venus' (gallery entry is payable locally).

Day Seven

On today's optional excursion you'll discover the delights of 'Chianti-shire', a region of rolling hills and walled towns usually bathed in golden sunlight. Visit ancient Castelnuovo Berardenga; beautiful, fortified Monteriggioni; and Radda in the region's very heart. You'll also have opportunities for wine tasting and sampling local delicacies at two working Chianti vineyards.

Day Eight

Transfer back to the airport for check-in and your flight home.

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P Price shown: 27 Sep 2014 from Exeter - EXT

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